International students staying in hotel Hof van Wageningen have sent an open letter to protest against their housing conditions. They want better facilities.
The letter was handed over on Tuesday to, among others, rector magnificus Martin Kropff of Wageningen University, the director of Hof van Wageningen and student housing agency Idealis. The Student Council and the Wageningen Students' Organization support the demands of the students.
A formal answer to the letter isn't in sight yet, says Columbian Catalina Angel, one of the signatories. 'The hotel claims that the internet connection has been improved, but it has not.' The students have not received any reply from the university yet.
Angel arrived at the end of August to do a Masters in Environmental Sciences. Two days ago, she was informed that a room under Idealis would be available for her in mid October. 'At least I know now that I can move in a month's time.'
While waiting for a room from student housing agency Idealis, international students are being accommodated temporarily in Hof van Wageningen. Offices have been converted into living spaces for two to five people.
Overseas students are also housed in the Brink Residence in Wageningen and in a holiday park in Hoenderloo.
All over the country, much attention has been drawn to the room shortage in Wageningen. A camera crew from the television programme 'Ochtendspits' visited students in the Wielerbaan camp site this morning. The video can be seen here, at 5.45 minutes (in Dutch).